Bartender of the week- Corey Brinklow
Name: Corey Brinklow
Bar: The Alibi in Thomasville, N.C.
Where are you from? New Smyrna Beach, F.L.
How long have you been bartending? I’ve been bartending for a couple of years now.
How did you become a bartender? I became a bartender while I was still a bar back at a popular Winston Salem bar (Burke Street Pub). A manager from another market offered me a position and I hopped on it.
What do you enjoy about bartending? I honestly enjoy creating drinks. Seeing the look on someone’s face when they genuinely love a cocktail that you crafted. It’s like someone grooving to your music.
What’s your favorite drink to make? I feel like this is a trick question haha. Really though, my favorite drink to make might be our signature mesquite-smoked jalapeno pineapple margarita.
What’s your favorite drink to drink? I mix it up quite a bit but my comfort zone is an ice-cold Pacifico and a shot of Jameson.
What would you recommend as an after-dinner drink? I recommend a good Old Fashioned or Manhattan after dinner. The bitters help with digestion and you can’t go wrong with a good bourbon.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen while bartending? I once witnessed a woman throw a beer bottle at her husband’s sister because she didn’t recognize her and thought he was being unfaithful.
What’s the best/biggest tip you’ve ever gotten? A couple of months ago I got a $200 tip on a $100 tab from a guy about my age. I thought that was pretty cool.